Foote and Tragedy, Ctd.

J.L. Wall

J.L. Wall is a native Kentuckian in self-imposed exile to the Midwest, where he teaches writing to college students and over-analyzes Leonard Cohen lyrics.

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  1. Mike Schilling says:

    Foote, himself a combat veteran

    Was he? His Wikipedia entry suggests otherwise: an artillery officer stationed in Northern Ireland from ’41’-’43, later a private who never saw combat.Report

    • J.L. Wall in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      It looks like you’re right; his obituary also agrees. I could’ve sworn I’d read otherwise, but it’s an entirely reasonable thing to mis-remember. I’m going to correct it above, but I’ll have to think about whether that changes my attitude toward what I wrote there.Report

  2. greginak says:

    If there is tragedy to be found ,it is that it took a many times more terrible war, WWI, where men again marched off to war like a glorious boys own adventure before being slaughtered for the “glory” of war to be widely shown to be nothing but bitter ashes. The soldiers marching off to the CW were no different then all sorts of soldiers up until the industrial age wars were upon them.Report

    • tom van dyke in reply to greginak says:

      Mr. Gregniak, the comparison between the Civil War & WWI seems apt, the troops’ adolescent notions of honor and heroism.

      However, after reviewing some of the arguments and incidents in The War of Northern Aggression, esp Fort Pillow and other massacres of black Union troops, I’m less inclined to give Jeff Davis’ troops as much benefit of the doubt as the Kaiser’s.

      Props to Mr. Wall for this series of exc posts.Report

  3. Lyle says:

    W. T. Sherman had at least a proper estimation of war starting in 1860, and was stated in a speech in 1879 that war is hell, or in a message to the government of Atlanta when he was evacuating it:”War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out”. So at least he had a proper estimation of war. In many respects the US Civil War was a rehearsal for WWI the siege of Petersburg recalls the trench warfare of WWI. Both wars were really wars of attrition.Report